Severe Thunderstorms Flood Basements

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Severe thunderstorms hit the valley on Saturday night with nearly 3.5 inches of rainfall. The storm lead to road closures, flooded streets and basements.

William Knorpp is one of the homeowners on Broad Street whose basement had more than 2 feet of water.

We came back here, the water was about a foot of water over the whole backyard and we look in and we could see things floating," Knorpp said.

He said this is the first time his basement has flooded.

"We didn't plan spending the next couple days bailing out or basement but it seems like that's what we're gonna be doing," Knorpp said.

Knorpp and his wife spent Saturday afternoon siphoning, bailing and sanding the flooded area.

Harrisonburg Fire Department assisted the couple after, pumping the water out of the basement.

Other two house in Knorpp's block faced the same problem. However, Knorpp said his neighbor had the most extreme flooding.

"Their basement was flooded chest deep, they said, their water heater was turned over," he said.

Knorpp said he is not happy about this situation but it could have been worse.

"It's not a disaster it just seems like it was an inconvenience," he said.

However, Knorpp said he is concerned the water in his basement came through the sewer and not the door.


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